Group offices, desk sharing or parent-child offices? New meeting rooms, more digital meetings or mobile working? Health days or fitness room? Discounted public transport tickets or new electric company cars? Diversity management or gender equality programs? Part-time leadership, trust-based working hours or a right to take time off? These are just some of the measures that can be tried out by the workforce in a fictitious company in our “New Work” strategy simulation. The budget is limited, not everything can be implemented, and the company divisions do not always have the same goals.
Many companies and organizations are facing major challenges in organizational development after the pandemic years. With “New Work” we have developed a serious game to match this situation, in which participants can experience the process of change to contemporary forms of organization and work from different perspectives. The participants are divided into different departments and locations of a fictitious company and can each choose from various options for the future organization of work.
The simulation is suitable, for example, for companies, associations and organizations that are facing change and want to talk about it as a team. Using Senaryon, participants can run through different options and see the effects on indicators such as employee satisfaction, team spirit, efficiency, Co2 balance, work-life balance, and of course the budget. This gets them talking about questions like: How should work be organized in the future? What do we want from our employer? How do we want to interact with each other?
The simulation game is usually led by trainers from planpolitik. It is carried out digitally with the support of a presence, but can also be conducted remotely. Participants need a tablet or laptop and can log in to the game via the browser and an assigned game key. All information about the game scenario and their role can be found in game. Participants negotiate in several rounds and can choose from nearly 100 individual measures and options and create their own. The effects of the decisions on the central indicators and the budget become visible in a separate analysis area. Participants can also vote on senaryon, arrange to negotiate, exchange messages, and more. Negotiations are carried out verbally when conducted in presence, but a purely remote implementation is also possible. Including introduction and evaluation, the simulation lasts 1-1.5 days and is suitable for participants aged 18 and over.
An innovative method to start a conversation with your team about new ways of working! We originally developed the simulation “New Work” on behalf of the housing company Nassauische Heimstätte (Naheimst) from Hesse. The simulation is suitable not only for companies but also for associations and organizations that are facing change and want to talk about it as a team. Are you interested in running the simulation or adapting it to your organizational context? Then get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Unternehmensgruppe Nassauische Heimstätte | Wohnstadt
Freie Universität Berlin
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